Christian Speech Removed From Facebook

Dear Mr. Weinstein:
 
When I receive an email like the one below it greatly disappoints me. Do you gamble that people do not know how deceiving your arguments are? There is no “illicit proselytizing” or need to ensure “church-state separation.”
 
Presidents from George Washington through Donald Trump invoked God. Our military members should be likewise allowed to invoke God.
(name withheld)

Response from MRFF Advisory Board Member Mike Farrell
On Apr 25, 2020, at 9:32 PM, Mike  wrote:
Dear (name withheld),
The email you received disappoints us, too, but for different reasons. It is dishonest and you and others apparently trust
its source to tell you the truth. Mikey Weinstein is not an “anti-Christian activist.” To say he is is a lie intended to inflame
you and the author’s other readers to come to the defense of the faith. Well, sir, the faith is not under attack from the
MRFF.
You take issue with the use of the word ‘illicit.’ Would you prefer ‘prohibited’ or ‘proscribed’? What would you suggest to
describe something that violates military regulations? We have nothing against proselytizing, mind you, we just prefer
to have it done in the proper time, place and manner. You did note that the authorities agreed that the remarks were
inappropriate and had to be taken down, did you not?
As to your assertion that there is no “need to ensure church-state separation,” you obviously haven’t been paying
attention. The MRFF deals every day with attempts on the part of religious zealots to neuter church-state separation
so they can elevate their belief system to a position of power and delegitimize those of “lesser” beliefs. Or perhaps you
support the idea of America legally becoming a Christian Nation and our military “Jesus’ Army.”
We are not here to gamble, Mr. Moynihan, the MRFF is here to protect the religious or non-religious freedom
of the women and men in the military. In the case at hand that Mr. Donohue chose to use for his own purposes, let
me explain our position:
We agree that military personnel have every right to pray. We have no objection to prayer. We object to inappropriate
proselytizing. You see, chaplains have a face book page whereon they can do all the praying and lecturing and
teaching and enlightening they’d like. But that’s a separate page from that of the unit leader or commanding officer.
The commander’s page may not be used to promote one particular belief system over others because doing so amounts
to government endorsement of a particular faith and violates the separation of church and state.
I hope that helps you better understand.
Mike Farrell
(MRFF Board of Advisors)

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